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Black Identities on the Operatic Stage: A Symposium with Music

March 26, 2022

Photograph of Black Opera Singer advertising the "Black Identities on the Operatic Stage” Symposium

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Tickets are required to attend any concert or recital in person. Patrons must sit in their assigned seat.
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Face coverings that cover the nose and mouth are strongly encouraged, but not required, while inside the performance hall.


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With a keynote by Naomi André–the foremost authority on Black opera and the first Scholar-in-Residence at the Seattle Opera—the symposium features research papers on the composition, production, history, and criticism of Black opera and the experiences of Black opera practitioners. A concert of excerpts from operas by Black composers follows in the School of Music.

There is no fee to participate in or to attend the symposium and concert, but participants are asked to register.

Program Overview

10:00 a.m.Session 1: Figures in the Shadow Culture
Weatherspoon Art Museum, 500 Tate St
11:30 a.m.Featured Speaker
Paula Marie Seniors, “Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha, A Soul Evening:
The 1972 World Premiere, Its Orchestrator, T.J. Anderson, and Its Aftermath”
Weatherspoon Art Museum
12:15 p.m.Lunch & time to view the exhibition Lorraine O’Grady: Both/And
No food or drink in the auditorium or galleries!
1:15 p.m.Session 2: Technologies of Black Opera
Weatherspoon Art Museum
2:45 p.m.Session 3: Composers and Traditions
Weatherspoon Art Museum
3:45 p.m.Break
4:00–5:00 p.m.Keynote Presentation
Naomi André, “Writing Opera, Singing Blackness”
Weatherspoon Art Musem
5:15 p.m.Reception at Oden Brewing Company (light hor d’oeurves and no-host bar)
Oden Brewing Company, 802 W Gate City Blvd
Dinner ad libitumFood trucks at Oden Brewing Company; restaurants on Tate St. (See handout)
7:30 p.m.Recital of Arias and Excerpts from Operas by Black Composers
Tew Recital Hall, School of Music, 100 McIver St


Contact the symposium organizers:

Dr. Elizabeth L. Keathley
School of Music, UNCG
[email protected]

Dr. Kristen Turner
NC State University
[email protected]


• School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts, UNCG
• Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNCG
• Office of Research and Engagement, UNCG
• African American and African Diaspora Studies Program, UNCG
• Oden Brewing Company
• Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, UNCG
• Lloyd International Honors College, UNCG
• College of Visual and Performing Arts Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


Tew Recital Hall
100 McIver St
Greensboro, NC 27412 United States
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